Robert Downey Jr. Reveals Jealousy Towards Lowe

Exploring the lesser-known facets of celebrity high school days.

by Nouman Rasool
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals Jealousy Towards Lowe
© Presley Ann/Getty Images

In a candid exchange on the "Literally! With Rob Lowe" podcast, Hollywood A-lister Robert Downey Jr. delved into his high school years, revealing a deep-seated envy he harbored towards fellow actor Rob Lowe. Reflecting on their shared past in Santa Monica over four decades ago, Downey Jr., renowned for his role as Iron Man, admitted his feelings went beyond mere jealousy.

"It wasn't just jealousy; it was more complex. I couldn't grasp how someone could achieve what you had, especially while maintaining regular school attendance," Downey Jr. disclosed, offering a rare glimpse into his teenage psyche.

Lowe's Early Balance

The "Due Date" actor further elaborated on his astonishment at Lowe's ability to balance a burgeoning acting career with school responsibilities. He recalled how Lowe, even in those early days, would have his agent dispatch messages to him at school, while the hallways buzzed with news of Lowe's high school play performances.

"Do you realize the impact of seeing those announcements for the rest of us?" Downey Jr. asked, highlighting the awe and disbelief that Lowe's early success sparked among his peers. Lowe, in response, pointed out the differences and similarities in their paths, noting Downey Jr.'

s unlikely fit for such structured environments during his youth. Downey Jr., now celebrated for his role in "Oppenheimer," concurred, describing himself as a "hot mess" who eventually dropped out of high school to chase his acting dreams in New York City.

Downey Jr.' s journey wasn't without its struggles. Rising to fame in 1985, he later retreated from the spotlight, grappling with substance abuse issues. Since 2003, however, Downey Jr. has been a symbol of resilience and transformation, maintaining his sobriety and reclaiming his position as one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors.

This heartfelt revelation not only sheds light on the early dynamics of two of Hollywood's finest but also underscores the unpredictable and often challenging road to stardom. Downey Jr.' s candidness offers an inspiring narrative of overcoming personal hurdles and achieving lasting success in the ever-evolving landscape of celebrity.

Robert Downey Jr.